Sunday, December 19, 2010

December Challenge “Art Inspiring Bead Art”

For this challenge, members of Bead Art Originals were asked to create a piece inspired by one of their favourite famous works of art - a famous painting, sculpture, photograph, etc... the inspiration didn’t have to be literal, one could take inspiration from the colours, the composition, the shape (sculptural art), etc..Here are the creations submitted by some of our members in response to this challenge:

Our first entry is from Smadar’s Treasure. Smadar drew inspiration from the painting “Healing Heart” by Teo Alfonso.

Our second entry is by Triz Designs. Triz drew inspiration from the painting “Arearea” by Paul Gauguin.

Our third entry is by TheJadeDog. Darcy drew inspiration from the portrait of “Simonetta Vespucci” by Piero di Cosimo.

Our fourth entry is by Salamander House. Melody drew inspiration from the painting “Olive Orchard” by Vincent Van Gogh.

Our fifth entry is from CieloDesign. Miriam was inspired by the painting “Water Garden and the Japanese Footbridge” by Claude Monet.

Click on the photos to be taken to the creations’ detailed descriptions and the inspiration behind them.

Vote for your favourite by leaving a comment on this post before midnight 26th December and your comment will be entered in a draw for a chance at winning a fabulous prize (TBA).


Rita alias alatvian December 19, 2010 at 4:32 AM  

What a torture to have to choose only one! :)
So be it the necklace by Darcy aka TheJadeDog

Dawn Chastain December 19, 2010 at 9:32 AM  

Absolutely stunning! The interpretations are fantastic. If the bead work wasn't beside its insiration piece it would be easily to connect it together.SPOT ON Ladies!!

Chris Maj December 19, 2010 at 11:17 AM  

They're all stunnning and fantastic interpretations of the art. I will vote on #5 CieloDesign because I just love me some Monet and the colors are breathtaking!

Higgins Design Studio December 19, 2010 at 11:24 AM  

I have to agree with Chris... and Rita... it is hard to choose just one, but the Monet, combined with the colors Miriam chose for her piece... I just had to pick that one...

Janice December 19, 2010 at 11:29 AM  

Amazing! I think each artist hit it out of the park on this challenge! Every piece totally conjured up the same emotion I have from their chosen artwork! Awesome job ladies!

Malodora December 19, 2010 at 12:00 PM  

These are all just fantastic!

Cath Thomas December 19, 2010 at 1:24 PM  

Your challenges are always ending up in a collection of eye candies... I have a strong preference for two of them because of their very beautiful use of the colour-palette: TheJadeDog with the Simonetta Vespucci-inspired piece and CieloDesign with the Monet-inspired necklace.
The matte black 'core' of the crocheted rope is a superb background on which the lighter colours really pop out (and I love that type of contrasts) and the other piece showcases a subtle blend of shades that are very harmoniously assembled. I nearly can't choose because the cab is like a pond in the centre of the latter and the braided Herringbone finishing is beautiful, but I vote for TheJadeDog because there is more playfulness and movement in the necklace.

MAKUstudio December 19, 2010 at 3:49 PM  

Wow!!! These are super amazing! Love the art inspired pieces! I simply cannot pick just one! They are all magnificent!!! Although, I do want to thank Triz for using my raku in her amazing handbag!!! So, if I have to vote...

Anna December 19, 2010 at 5:12 PM  

They are all stunning! I wish I didn't have to choose just one, but I have to say Miriam's really speaks to me.

Jean Hutter December 19, 2010 at 5:21 PM  

Oh my they are all amazing. If I have to pick only one it would have to be the entry by Triz Designs. Being an artist myself I think this was such a great idea and I love seeing the paintings inspiring the beadwork. Every entry is a winner in my book - great job all!!

KRDesigns11 December 19, 2010 at 7:59 PM  

The entries are all worthy of winning. My choice surprises me because it is not a typical source of inspiration for me, but the colors and the snake shape necklace on the woman in the painting just capture the essence so well. I learned bead crochet early on in my beading adventure and gave it up for bead weaving; I'm going to have to revisit it after seeing TheJadeDog's creation.

Anonymous December 19, 2010 at 10:13 PM  

The writhing undulations of Salamander House echo Vincent's brushwork for me. To be forced to judge among these paragons, my post should be signed Solomon.

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moonsafari December 20, 2010 at 8:55 AM  

Of course all of these are absolutely wonderful, but my favourite is Smadar's entry, because its so simple yet vibrant, fun, and the easiest to wear (for me at least :))

SarahKelley December 20, 2010 at 9:31 AM  


Jolene December 20, 2010 at 6:28 PM  

Very high quality entrants this time. My favorite is the lariat by The Jade Dog.

Rosita P. December 20, 2010 at 7:22 PM  

I vote for #3 by Jade Dog, the lariat inspired by the portrait of Simonetta Vespucci

HS with Him December 20, 2010 at 9:48 PM  

I have to vote for Miriam's piece. The swirling of the herringbone and the colors just captivated me.
Such a wonderful experience to see all the lovely creations made by the team.
Thanks ladies!

Lady BarbyQ December 21, 2010 at 1:39 AM  

I like the "water garden and japanese footbridge". Simply because it reminds me of our journey last november... crosing the hanging bridge is my most treasured and unforgettable experience with my college students! and ill keep it for life!Hope this jewelry be a memory of that!

Erika December 21, 2010 at 10:43 AM  

These are gorgeous! It is very difficult to chose just one but I am a fan of Triz's work so I pick her bag.

rockcreekcreations December 22, 2010 at 6:16 PM  

I really like Salamander House's piece. I really reminds me of he painting.

marinabeads December 22, 2010 at 8:06 PM  

They're all stunnning !!!!!!but I will vote to Our second entry Triz Designs